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We are dedicated to contributing financial support and our firm members' time to many charitable organizations. Some of the charitable events and organizations we proudly support are:

United Way Campaign. The Annual United Way Campaign is the most widely supported charitable initiative at our firm. Last year, through early bird draws, our annual lunch where senior partners serve firm members, raffle prizes, a kick-off breakfast, and hard work by our team of 44 canvassers, McMillan raised nearly $232,066. For our firm's size, our partners are recognized for their leadership donations. In 2012, the firm was awarded the United Way Toronto's 2012 Exemplary Award in recognition of our employees' generosity in supporting the community.

Daily Bread Food Bank. The Daily Bread Food Bank Foundation has awarded McMillan the Chair's Special Award for "exceptional long-term involvement". "Lawyers at McMillan LLP have provided valuable pro bono legal services for many, many years - an exceptionally generous and vital service.

The Learning Partnership - Passport to Prosperity. McMillan has joined forces with the Learning Partnership, which focuses on increasing students' work experience. Designed to increase employer involvement in school-to-work programs for secondary students, Passport to Prosperity offers them alternative ways to learn about work and gain valuable experience. On arrival at our firm, each student participates in a firm tour and a half day of job-shadowing. Since its inception, McMillan's program has accommodated grade 10 students from area high schools in departments throughout the firm, including Human Resources, Client Development, Accounting and Corporate Financial Services.

Annual Bear Stuffing Event. Each December, the firm participates in a national fundraising initiative that donates teddy bears to a local charitable organization. In 2012, McMillan donated over 120 teddy bears to children in need.

Take Our Kids To Work Day. In conjunction with The Learning Partnership and the Government of Ontario, we also participate in Take Our Kids To Work Day, where ninth-grade children and relatives of our firm members visit the firm for a day. The visiting children participate in a mini-orientation and breakfast, firm tour, job shadowing, lunch, mock interview sessions and many other activities.

Big Brothers/Sisters. Each February, firm member teams bowl in the "Bowl for Kids Sake" event in support of the Big Brothers and Sisters of Toronto by putting together teams and bowling on a Saturday afternoon.

Movember. McMillan participates in a firm-wide Movember campaign to raise money to fight prostate cancer and to support males with mental health issues. Last year, the McMillan Movember campaign raised over $22,000 for the cause.

Heart and Stroke Foundation. Each year, we participate in the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by participating in the JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research

Clean Air Commute. We participate in this popular event each June by encouraging firm members to use environmentally friendly ways to commute to work. Last year's involvement was a particular success with our employees saving 21,133,298 grams of pollutants from being released into the atmosphere.

Canadian Cancer Society. Each year, our firm members participate in daffodil sales.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation. We participate in the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's tulip sales.

U.S College Basketball Bracket Charity Event. Each year, a U.S College Basketball Pool is organized by the Articling Students Committee, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to a local charity. In 2013, we raised $1,247 for Right to Play Canada.

Canadian Association for HIV Research. We support the Canadian Association for HIV Research through contributions to AidsBeat.